Got a free weekend coming up? Plan a stroll around London with our tube-style map of some of the key walking routes. Many excellent guidebooks and leaflets exist to help you explore the capital on foot, but few link the various trails together.
- London LOOP: A 150-mile walk around outermost London.
- Capital Ring: A 78 mile orbital trek around Zones 3 and 4.
- Thames Path: The full route runs from source to sea, but some 40 miles can be enjoyed in the capital.
- Green Chain Walk: A spaghetti plate of linked walks through the parks and woodlands of south east London.
- Lea Valley Walk: Trek along the River Lea from Hertfordshire to the Thames.
- New River Walk (PDF): Follow this 28 mile watercourse, a 17th century man-made river, from Hertfordshire to Islington.
- Canal Towpaths: The Regent's Canal, Grand Union Canal and their branches offer many miles of pleasant walking in London. Watch our series of videos for more inspiration.
- Waterlink Way: An eight mile route through parks, following the River Ravensbourne and its tributaries.
- Hillingdon Trail: 20 miles of parks and rivers in this outer London borough.
- Parkland Walk: This former railway line is now a sylvan walking route through Haringey.
- Jubilee Walkway: 15 miles around the centre of London, taking in many famous landmarks.
- Wandle Trail: This 12 mile walk from Wandsworth to Croydon along the River Wandle is perfect for a weekend stroll
- Dollis Valley Greenwalk: A 10 mile trek, mostly through the borough of Barnet, following the Dollis Brook. Read our account.
The map above contains 13 of the most prominent routes. There are many more walks we might have added. Sharper readers will spot that we've left off the Jubilee Line colour, as well as the Emirates Air Line. This is intentional. We want you to nominate additional lengthy and short walks, and we'll add two more on version two. (Note, the Jubilee Greenway is absent as it follows routes already shown on the map.)